Life Cycle of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes)

Life Cycle of the Black Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio polyxenes) By Sharon Gray, Master Gardener in Training The black swallowtail butterfly is one of the most beautiful butterflies to be found here in Manitoba. Female swallowtails, identified by larger, …

Oh! For Peat’s Sake!

“File:Schultz Sphagnum Peat Moss.jpg” by Ragesoss is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 By Liz Sellors, Master Gardener It’s spring! Gardening advertisements are bombarding us! Like this one : “Peat is a natural product, sustainably harvested. Environmentally friendly. Our …

Book Review – A Scientific Approach to Companion Planting

Plant Partners: Science-Based Companion Planting Strategies for the Vegetable Garden , Jessica Walliser: (Storey Publishing, 2020). ISBN 978-1635861334 Book Review by Linda Dietrick Companion planting was popularized in the 1970s by two books: Carrots Love Tomatoes and Roses …

Master Gardeners Partnering with the St. Vital Agricultural Society

Master Gardeners Partnering with the St Vital Agricultural Society Year 2020 – Manitoba’s 150th Anniversary By Karen Fontaine, Master Gardener What was to be a year of celebrations turned out to be one of postponements and cancellations due …

Herbal Tea Gardens

By Doris Mae Oulton, Master Gardener in Training Inspired by the presentation that Getty Stewart made at the Herb Society of Manitoba on herbal teas, I decided to turn part of my garden into an herbal tea garden. …

Book review – The Living Landscape

The Living Landscape Designing for beauty & biodiversity in the home garden. Authors: Rick Darke and Doug Tallamy Publisher: Timber Press, 2014 Book review by Derek Yarnell, Master Gardener In my humble opinion Douglas Tallamy is a bona-fide …

Growing Plants from Seeds – It’s Easy, Fun and Economical

By Darlene Belton, Master Gardener You’ve ordered your seeds. With luck, you’ve actually received your order. The seed shortage forecast by the Manitoba seed companies I interviewed for the January Grow Column proved right – shortages are underway. …

Green is a Verb

By Elizabeth Sellors, Master Gardener North American’s love affair with lawns is a recent development in the human history of altering our environment. Lawns became the hallmark of homeownership in the 1800’s when North American home owners began …

Holiday Cacti: Thanksgiving cactus, Christmas cactus and Easter cactus

Photo by: Diane Daignault By Lori Graham, Master Gardener Holiday cacti are tough forgiving plants that are easy to care for once established. They store water in their stems making them very drought tolerant. Holiday cacti are not …

Know your Manitoba Seed Companies!

By Darlene Belton, Master Gardener Every New Year gardeners eagerly anticipate the growing season ahead. This year it seems new gardeners are too! In 2020 growing our own food became as popular as hoarding toilet paper and nurturing …